It’s Read Regional time once again. Every year this scheme introduces library users to new titles by authors based in the north of England. This year there are 10 exciting titles to explore.
There are five novels:
Letters to my Husband by Stephanie Butland
The Last King of Lydia by Tim Leach
The Quick by Lauren Owen
Herring Girl by Debbie Taylor
Into the Trees by Robert Williams
Three books of poetry:
Ellen Phethean: Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman
Helen Tookey: Missel-Child
John Wedgwood Clarke: Ghost Pot
a novel for young people, Hate by Alan Gibbons and finally a graphic novel, Sally Heathcote, Suffragette by Mary and Bryan Talbot. If you have never tried reading a novel in graphic form why not give this a try. Their graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes won the Costa Biography Award in 2013.
You can find out more about the books on the Read Regional webpage and the books are available in libraries or for some titles, as reader group sets. Lauren Owen, Debbie Willams and Robert Williams will be visiting Wakefield to talk about their books (see our What’s On page for details) and Alan Gibbons will be speaking to classes from a local school. Treat yourself to a selction of the finest new writing from the north this Spring.
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories. The books have been recommended by health professionals and tried and tested by people with experience of dementia.
All the books are available in Wakefield Libraries and can be reserved free at a branch or online.
If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline can provide information, support, advice and referrals to other appropriate organisations. Call 0300 222 1122
Information and advice
Introduction to the Psychology of Ageing for Non-specialists by Ian Stuart Hamilton
Coping with Memory Problems by Sallie Baxendale
Alzheimers: Answers at your Fingertips by Alex Bailey
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias by Nori Graham and James Warner
ABC of Dementia edited by Bernard Coope and Felicity Richards
About Dementia: For People with Learning Disabilities by Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk and Michelle Christmas
Grandma by Jessica Shepherd
Living well with dementia
First Steps to Living with Dementia by Simon Atkins
Dementia Positive by John Killick
Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers by Bernie McCarthy
Chocolate Rain: 100 Ideas for a Creative Approach to Activities in Dementia Care by Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris
Pictures to Share (various titles) by Helen Bate
Support for relatives and carers
When Someone You Love Has Dementia by Susan Elliot-Wright
And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia by Graham Stokes
Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers with Jude Welton
Dementia: Support for Family and Friends by Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson
10 Helpful Hints for Carers: Practical Solutions for Carers Living with People with Dementia by June Andrews
Seeing Beyond Dementia: A Handbook for Carers with English as a Second Language by Rita Salomon
Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia by Christine Bryden
Dear Dementia: The Laughter and the Tears by Ian Donaghy
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Losing Clive to Younger Onset Dementia: One Family’s Story by Helen Beaumont
Telling Tales about Dementia: Experiences of Caring by Lucy Whitman
The Little Girl in the Radiator: Mum, Alzheimer’s and Me by Martin Slevin
But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia by Chris Carling
The longlist for the Bailey’s Women’s prize for Fiction has been announced. I would love to be able to read every book on this list but I know I will have to be selective. What a great list to choose from though. There is Ali Smith and Rachel Cusk, both also nominated for the Folio Prize, Sarah Waters and Anne Tyler who already have so many fans and Emma Healey whose debut novel Elizabeth is missing was described as outstanding by the Costa Prize judges. There are quirky choices like The Bees by Laline Paull which is on my reading list already and Pythonesque comedy in The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips, and more than one novel described as post-apocalyptic. Pictured above are the judges Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Library, Laura Bates, writer and Founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, Grace Dent, Columnist and Broadcaster, novelist Helen Dunmore and news presenter Cathy Newman.
Copies of all the books on the longlist will shortly be avilable in libraries so start reading and see if you agree with the judges. The shortlist will be announced on 13 April and the winner on 3 June.
Rachel Cusk: Outline
Lissa Evans: Crooked Heart
Patricia Ferguson: Aren’t We Sisters?
Xiaolu Guo: I Am China
Samantha Harvey: Dear Thief
Emma Healey: Elizabeth is Missing
Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
Grace McCleen: The Offering
Sandra Newman: The Country of Ice Cream Star
Heather O’Neil: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Laline Paull: The Bees
Marie Phillips: The Table of Less Valued Knights
Rachel Seiffert: The Walk Home
Kamila Shamsie: A God in Every Stone
Ali Smith: How to be Both
Sara Taylor: The Shore
Anne Tyler: A Spool of Blue Thread
Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests
Jemma Wayne: After Before
PP Wong: The Life of a Banana
Thursday 5 March is World Book Day and libraries are celebrating with storytimes based on the much loved book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. This is to celebrate the opening of an exciting new Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park on 5th March. It’s free and fun for all the family, so call in to Anglers to explore!
Children under five can also pick up a free voucher at library storytimes. This can be exchanged for a choice of special books produced for World Book Day books at participating shops. Visit the website to find out more about World Book day including games, competitions and story videos. Contact your local library to find out details of their World Book day storytimes.
Bookstart Bear is always very excited by World Book Day as he is setting off on a Grand Tour of libraries. He will be enjoying the stories and joining in with the all the rhymes and actions and the happy booky fun!
You can meet him here:
Wednesday 25 Feb Featherstone Library 10 – 10.30
Thursday 26 Feb Castleford Forum 10 – 11
Friday 27 Feb Wakefield Library 10 – 11
Horbury Library 2.15 – 3
Tuesday 3 Mar South Elmsall Library 9.30 – 10.30
Wakefield Library 1.30 – 2.30
Wednesday 4 Mar Ossett Library 10.30 – 11
Tues 10 Mar Normanton Library 10.10.30
Wed 11 Mar Pontefract Library 9.30 – 11.30
For teenagers, tell them about Teen Fest 6-8pm on 4 and 5 March. Two amazing free online evenings with fantastic authors taking part in Hangouts and interviews, how-tos, blogposts, playlists, prizes as well as the chance to chat with other readers and writers.
I haven’t come across the Thwaites Wainwright Prize before.It’s only in its second year and is to promote and reward books about the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel. Literary writing about nature has a fine history in the UK from The Rev Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne (1789) onwards and the longlist for this prize shows some interesting additions to the genre.
There is H is for Hawk of course, a feature on every literary prize list at the moment, Adam Thorpe writing about Silbury Hill and Oliver Rackham on Ash trees. Counting Sheep by Philip Walling sounds interesting: full of stories, history, trivia and humour, Counting Sheep explores Britain through its most influential animal.
The prizes is sponsored by Thwaites Brewery in assocaition with The National Trust and BBC Countryfile, in memory of Alfred Wainwright. The shortlist will be announced on 26th March and the winner on 22nd April. The full longlist is
Brittannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker
Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker
Counting Sheep by Philip Walling
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe
Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden
Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature by Richard Askwith
The Ash Tree by Oliver Rackham
The Moor by William Atkins
The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
Walking Home by Clare Balding
For the eighth year running, US thriller writer James Patterson retains his crown as the UK’s most borrowed author, according to data released today by Public Lending Right.
Six children’s authors are among the top 10 most borrowed authors. They are Daisy Meadows, the brand behind the “Rainbow Magic” series (2nd); former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson (3rd), Francesca Simon, author of the “Horrid Henry” series (4th); Adam Blade (6th); Jacqueline Wilson (7th); and Roald Dahl (10th).
Julia Donaldson commented: “I’m thrilled that my books are being widely borrowed from libraries, which are some of my favourite places. I developed my own love of books in my local library and would quite possibly not otherwise have become a writer myself. When I was the Children’s Laureate and went on a six-week library tour I was impressed with how libraries continue to inspire today’s children, from the popular Rhyme-Time sessions for toddlers through to the homework clubs for schoolchildren. With the closure of so many bookshops the libraries have an added importance, and it’s important that they remain open and at the heart of our communities. It is wonderful to receive my PLR statement each year and I am pleased that PLR has now been extended to audio-books. This comes after many years of authors and their organisations seeking for the inclusion of audio-books in PLR. So, this extension comes as a very welcome development.”
Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors, 2013/14 (2012/13 position in brackets)
1. James Patterson (1) 6. Adam Blade (8)
2. Daisy Meadows (2) 7. Jacqueline Wilson (5)
3. Julia Donaldson (3) 8. Nora Roberts( 6)
4. Francesca Simon (4) 9. Lee Child (12)
5. M C Beaton (7) 10. Roald Dahl (14)
David Walliams is at 74 (up from 157th last year and 430th in 2011/12) in the PLR Top 500 most borrowed authors. Other big risers include Holly Webb (up to 41st from 68th last year) and Valerie Thomas (up to 67th from 115th).
M C Beaton author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth crime fiction books is the most borrowed British author of books for adults, at number five.
Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, 2013/14
1. Inferno Dan Brown
2. Never Go Back Lee Child
3. A Wanted Man Lee Child
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
5. Private Down Under James Patterson & Michael White
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Jeff Kinney
7. Six Years Harlan Coben
8. Second Honeymoon James Patterson
9. Mistress James Patterson & David Ellis
10. The Dying Hours Mark Billingham
Jamie Oliver’s Save With Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less just missed out on a place in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, coming in at number 11. This is a rare appearance in the Top 100 by a non-fiction title.
E L James who was in at No 3 last year with Fifty Shades of Grey does not appear in the Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles list this year.
Public Lending Right (PLR) was established by Act of Parliament in 1979. It gives authors the legal right to receive payment from government each time their books are loaned through the public library system.
In February 2015, PLR will make payments totalling £6 million to 22,053 authors. This year’s Rate Per Loan is 6.66 pence.
A group of learners from English classes for learners with dyslexia at Manygates, St Luke’s in South Elmsall and the 5 Towns centre came together recently to attend a Christmas Creative Writing Workshop at Wakefield One. This had been arranged by their tutor, Vanessa Goddard and Lynne Holroyd from Library Services.
Julie Walker, a Reader Development Officer with Kirklees Library Services, hosted the event and worked with the learners on creating a group poem about Christmas. All the learners have limited writing abilities but showed their creative side in putting together a brilliant poem!
The learners really enjoyed the day – asking when they could do it again! Vanessa, the class tutor, was thrilled at how well they had done, saying “When your writing skills are limited you can be overlooked for creative writing ventures but this shows that everyone has potential to write good poetry! With the help of Library Services we are hoping to provide more opportunities for learners to develop their creative writing skills……”
An Ode to Christmas
The man in red gets all the credit
The woman’s stressed about the list
She fights through crowds all hot and bothered
While he’s at home getting……. merry!
But it’s all worth it when you see the faces
Of the children lit up with joy
Making memories to last forever
A gift that time cannot destroy
And on it goes each festive year
We celebrate our Christmas cheer!
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